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into bank robbers' 
hands and supplies 
them with a 
perfect 
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I'M KIRK/ MARSHAL KIRK FROM UP 

THj LINE/ I'M BRINGING IN THESE TWO 
Sf^a KllLPRS, BUT I CANT GO ON 
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THAT'S BETTeR.' 6UT 
I WONT REST EASY TILL 
X TOSS THEM INTO 
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nun bs sold onl( Uirauih luIhorireO dealer! 

premiums, idierlitlni, t; (Iibikiji. arc ili 

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L Ctpyrigut @ two. Coiuoiiiig aroari- 
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because he tailed "marshal; hoping r 

WOULD POKE OUT MV HEAD SO HE COULD 
DROP M£f LIKE I SAID, HE WAS THE l"KIRU 
MEMBER OF THAT BANP OF KILLERS/ 



LOOK/ HE ) YOU'LL PAY TOR THIS, KIRK. 
GOT HANK.' £ THAT SHOOTING MAKES YOU GOOD 
AS P£AD; 




SAVE TOUR BREATH 

TOUR KILLING 
ARE OVER. 





I'LL TAKE YOU TO THE 
SANK AT CLOSING TIME.' 
WE'RE HOT THE ONLY 
ONES WHO KNOW 

THERE'S A BIG HAUL 

Of CASH HERE/ 




Soon after pepositing the mohey in the bank's 
vault, a\att pillon continues oh ms wet rouihps... 




Shortly after.. 




OH, IT'S you, Dillon/ l hEAro a lot of 
SHOOTING DOWN THE STREET, BUT L WAS 
AFRAID TO LEAVE My BOYS.' WHAT HAPPENEP 



ALL I KNOW 15 THAT 
THREE MEN HIT THE 
BANK/ I JUST HOPE 




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YES, CHe5rER, BUT IT RAINEP JUST BEFORE THE 
BANK WAS ROBBED AND HOURS AFTE/l THE 
PRISONERS WERE IN THEIR CBJ .' KIRK PIAYED ME 
FOR A SUCKER.' I GAVE Hl/W AND HIS PALS THE 
PERFECT AUS/f 




MAYBE THE/ WERE AFRAID TO TAKE THE MONEy 
WITH THEM.' KIRK COULD HAVE FIRED AT' US JU5T 
NOW TO GIVE THE OTHERS TIME TO TIE THEJR 
HANDS TO THEIR POMfAELS OR EVEN TC HIPE A 
THE LOOT.' 



BURYfMQ tTf ^~n/ I-I' m sur E yOU'RE 
THAT'S IT, CHESTER/ \ WELCOME.' BUT WHAT 
THANKS FOR TELLING J DID I SAV? 

ME WHERE TO LOOK,' , 




Fob five nights, watt pilldn anp Chester 
tak'e turks watching the gloomy boot hill. 




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yes/ we jumped a marshal on the road to 

DODGE OTY.' KIRK GOT HIS BADGE AND HORSE 
BEFORE HE £AME TO AND STARTED FIRING SO 
WE HAD TO HIGHTAIL IT.' WS FKHJREP WE COULD 
HIT THE BANK AND GET OFF WITH THE 
PERFECT AL181 




the BANNER KIR 




For a long time Sheriff Dan Barker 
watched the shack in the hollow, looking 
for o sign of life, then he tethered his horse 
in the underbrush ond moved toward the 
deserted building. 

If he guessed right Burke and the Ban- 
ner kid would be here soon with five thou- 
sand dollars in loot from the bank in Long- 
horn City. And Barker knew it was o good 
gamble. This shack had been a hideout 
for Burke years ago when the gunslinger 
was in the brand-blotting business. 

The sheriff kept thinking about the robr 
bery. A bank hold-up with Barker eating 
his lunch no more than fifty yards away 
had been bad enough, but that the Ban- 
ner kid had been teamed up with Burke — 
that was a real insult to the sheriff. For 
Dan Barker had raised the Banner kid ever 
since he found him the sole survivor of an 
ambushed train. For ten years he treated 
Davy Banner like his own son, teaching 
him the importance of honesty and clean 
living, end now il was all over. 

"How could Davy do that to me?" mut- 
tered Dan bitterly as he came up to the 
door of the shock. He'd know the answer 
soon enough when Burke and the Bonner 



kid would arrive with the bank loot and 
walk into the trap that the sheriff was lay- ' 
ing for them. 

But it was Dan Barker who was trapped. 
He knew it the minute he opened the shack 
door and saw Burke and his drown gun. 
"Howdy, Sheriff. I figured you might re- 
member this place. We've been waiting 
for you!" 

Behind Burke stood Davy, a round- 
eyed and scared fourteen-year-old. 

"All right," said Burke, "tie him up in 
that chair, kidl" 

As the boy began to knot the rope Dan 
Borker stared at him bleakly. "Davy, 
how'd you get into this? Robbing a bank!" 

"I didn't rob it, Dan," replied the boy, 
resentfully. "I was only holding the horses. 
Burke told me he was going to ride out 
into the hills with me for target practice. 
He's been teaching me al! about guns for 
the past few weeks." 

"So he tricked you into it? I warned you 
about this weeks ago when you started 
hanging around Burke. I tried to bring you 
up right, Davy — " 

"Well, the kid's through taking your 
charity. Sheriff. He's on his own now." 
said Burke. "I've taught him how to handle 
o gun — for profit." He turned to Davy. 
"All right, kid, take your gun and finish 
off the lawman." 

Davy turned white, but Burke regarded 
him co\diy. "That's the ooly way you'll 
prove to me that you're the right kind of 
partner, tf you don't do the job you'll stov 
here in the shack with Barker, both dead!" 

"All right, Burke," said Davy, his eyes 
cold and his lips grim. "Give me your 
gun." Burke handed it over with on ap- 
proving grin. And as death stored Dan 
Barker in the face he closed his eyes. 

The gun roared in the boy's hand. The 
sheriff's startled eyes found the gun 
pointed at Burke, who had a round hole 
through the center of his hat. "That first 
one was a warning," soid Davy, coldly. 

"Kid, I'm your friend," protested Burke. 

"You were my friend," said Davy as he 
grinned at the sheriff. And Dan Barker 
knew that the Banner kid was no longer o 
kid — but a man who would never turn 
from the straight and narrow. 



THAT'S LECOMPT, 

LET'S JUST 
GET HIM BEFORE 
HE SPENDS Alt 

HIS MONEY C 
THOSE FOOL 



DODGE CITY DAYS 

MIKTOMIIW; 





But not all buffalo hlintfrs came home wi 
full wagons 




TWO WEEKS LATER, AFTER MANY CHATS, REP PUT BEFORE HE KNEW IT, LECOMPT HAD CROSSED DODGE 
HIS PLAN TO WORK TO SHIFT THE MONEY FROM CITY'S DEADLINE, ENTERING THAT PART OF TOWN 

LKOMPT'S POCKETS TO HIS OWN... - WhERE MEK COULD WEAR GUNS---ANP USE THEM 

WITHOUT TOO WCW CONCERN FOR THE LAW.. 

COME ON, LECOMPT.', 

LITTLE FRIENDLY POKER 

GAME WILL RELAX YOU.' 





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chips on a one-way trip from his pile to rec5... 


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AGAIN'' MAYBE YOUR A ENOUGH FOR ONE 
LUCK WILL CHANGE WITH V EVENING.' 
THE NEXT HAND/ 




QlilCK'LV, MOOAR SITED UP THE GAME FOR WHAT 

IT WAS -- RIGGED,' i 

, ■ * POOR LECOMPT HASN'T 

GOT A CHANCE.' THEY'RE OEALING FRcM THE 
BOTTOM OF THE PECK, SIGNALING EACH OTHER 
ANP JUST PLAIN ROBBING HIM.' BUT I CANT 
USE FORCE — THERE ARE THREE OF THEM, 







WELL, THERE ARE OTHCft HIDE 
BUYERS ON FRONT STREET.' 


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S/T DOWN,' HE'LL BE BACK 
A A COUPLE OF MINUTES/ HE'S 
EVEN LEAVING HIS CHIPS AND 
TABLE MONEY/ ISK'T THAT , 
PROOF HE'LL RETURN? 




Once across the peapune, lecompt wiped 

BROW., 

' LEAv INC- THAT SAME (.OST ME 
TWO WJNPRED DOLLARS, BUT I COULD HAVE 3EEN 
CHEATED OUT OF THOUSANDS IF YOU HADN'T 
TRICKED THEM INTO LETTING ME GO.' 



WE'LL BE WAITING/ 
IF VOU WANT TO SEE YOUR MONEY AGAIN, 
YOU'P BETTER COME BACK/ 




IT WASN'T 
ALL A TRICK— -t*0 
HAVE A WAGON PULL OF HIDES/ 
[ BUT YOU'RE THE OWyONEI/DSEU. TO' 



GtJNSMOKE 

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DILLON, THIS 15 STRAIGHT 
FROM THE HIP---WE CATTLE 
BUYERS WANT THAT TOLL 
GANG STOPPED' 



WE PONT WANT HOPE, WE WANT ACTfON.' IF ANOTHER 
HERD OR TWO GETS HELD LP FOR TOLL, DO0GE CITY 
COULD LOSE ITS PLACE AS A CATTLE MARKET.' THE 
HERDS WILL HEAD FOR OTHER TOWNS.' WE'LL BE OUT 
OF BUSINESS.' 




COU KNOW 1 PLANNED / YES, MARSHAL, BUT I 
TO STAn\PEP£ YOUR / NEVER BEUEV6P THfc 
HeftU AT THE .^^GAHG WOULD REALLY 5MOW/ 

TOLL GANG/ f\ A sTAWEDE WILL LOST ME 







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